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Talking About Money Could Prevent Marital Issues In the Future

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First comes love, and then comes marriage. But before people walk this walk, they definitely need to have a long talk about money.

"Even though you want to believe that marriage is all about love and butterflies and all those good things, finances should be one of the first things you consider before you want to take that big step and get married," said Yahoo Personal Finance Expert Mandi Woodruff.

That's because like it or not, when you tie the knot, you wed your finances too and that could end up helping or hurting your bottom line. For instance one of the biggest gifts you may get could come from your employer in the form of health insurance for your spouse.

"Large employers on average pay about 85 percent of the premium both for their workers and their dependents, so you and your spouse will end up with a much more robust policy at a fraction of the cost if you had to buy it on your own," said Amanda Gengler, Money Magazine Writer.

Putting a premium on marriage could help lower your car insurance rates as well.

"One of the funny things that happens when you get married is that insurance companies look at you and say, hey, this person is a little bit more stable even though they may be 25 or 26 years old and you may see your auto insurance rate actually decline," said Woodruff.

But what about the so-called marriage penalty? Could wedded bliss lead to tears come tax time? It might, particularly if both spouses are high earners. However it's more likely you'll find yourself with a marriage bonus.

"You and the spouse might end up paying less in taxes than you would if you were both single. And so the trick is to figure out which of the two categories you will fall into and the good news is that the people who land in the marriage bonus category, who owe less taxes as a married couple, far outweigh the number that have to pay additional taxes," said Gengler.

While you are whispering sweet nothings, tell each other your credit scores. It only takes one of you having bad credit to affect the rate you get on a mortgage or car loan.
Finally, like your marriage, managing your money is a lifetime commitment. Keep the conversations going or the honeymoon will be over before you know it.

"My number one piece of financial advice is just talk about your finances. Do not be shy! So often what couples don't do is they don't communicate and that can really be what puts your marriage in jeopardy," said Woodruff.

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